Harriers go the distance at Ness

Although rain was forecast, conditions for the Loch Ness 10k and full marathon were near-perfect as several Gala Harriers headed north last weekend.

Over the short distance, Dawn Grant led the Borders club home in an excellent 45 minutes and 20 seconds, with president Gerry Moss not far behind in around 48 minutes.

Running on her favourite course, Anne Purves scampered home in 60.25, just passing Rosi Capper on her return from injury in the final riverside stretch.

Over the full marathon distance, Dave Nightingale, who has been running like a man possessed, finished in an impressive 3 hours 11 minutes, while Fiona Shepherd recorded a personal best of 3.35, despite a painful hip injury. Chris Renton was not far behind in 3.36.

Not to be outdone, in Berlin, the men’s marathon record was being broken alongside excellent runs, from Nicola Porterfield (3.32) and Anne Weir (3.50).

The Gala Harriers AGM will be held on Thursday, October 9, at 7.30pm at Tweedbank.